Employers’ chief executive tells city councillors to “show leadership”

Press Release – Wellington Employers’ Chamber of Commerce
The Wellington City Council needs to start showing the type of leadership that befits a capital city, says Wellington Employers’ Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive Raewyn Bleakley.

“What is going on in the council? It seems to be in a total shambles.

“The latest debacle, where it seems half the councillors were not aware that 150 jobs had been axed from the council’s infrastructure unit, is staggering.

“Councillors are the decision-makers and for them to be finding out about these things after the fact shows something is very wrong.

“And it’s not as though this is an isolated incident.

“It comes less than two weeks after the mayor and her councillors were surprised by a $350,000 allocation in the budget for renovations to the mayor’s new office. Thankfully the mayor jumped in and cut that back.

“WECC said then that she needed to demand answers from officers as to how that sort of money had been allocated without her or councillors knowing about it, and now we have this.

“There are clearly systemic problems in council processes that need sorting, and fast.

“Wellingtonians need to be mindful of the skill set required for quality leadership and governance when they vote in local body elections later this year.

“It must have been a very interesting first day for the new CEO. Perhaps the scope of the challenges he faces just became a little clearer.” Ms. Bleakley concluded

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2 comments:

  1. Pollyanna, 5. April 2013, 17:37

    An interesting day for the new CEO, but where was the “old” one who was there when CitiOps was nearly written off in 2001? Perhaps we can look forward to more transparency, with no more “public excluded” meetings. But under the old regime, it appears there have been decisions with “councillors excluded.” Having seen the size of the agendas at the meetings I have attended, I’m not surprised at the “patsy” questions from many of the councillors under the guidance from our previous mayor….

     
  2. Michael Gibson, 7. April 2013, 17:16

    IN SUPPORT OF HIGHER STANDARDS
    It is most gratifying if the employers’ organisations are realising that there is something seriously wrong at WCC & if they now begin to support real changes. Their attitude in the past is best illustrated in this letter recently published in the DomPost:

    Ex-chamber chief Charles Finny criticises Wellington City Council for replacing business-orientated chief executive Garry Poole.
    Would Mr Finny seriously expect to keep his own job if the organisation which he headed had just lost two costly, significant & shame-making legal actions?

    Michael Gibson

     

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